2014-2017 GAPFON® Summary Report

Sigma officially released its 2014-2017 summary report on the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing & Midwifery (GAPFON®). Representing the culmination of three years of Sigma-led efforts, the report synthesizes data on global healthcare challenges and priority professional issues gathered at high-level meetings in each of seven global regions. Sigma views the world’s 19.3 million nurses and midwives as uniquely positioned to spearhead collaboration among health professionals from every discipline, and launched GAPFON to give nurses and midwives a unified voice and vision for the future to advance global health, while simultaneously strengthening professional roles.

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What is GAPFON?

Sigma convened a core panel of visionary global nurse leaders to identify global health issues that will advance global health, specifically noting those related to a voice and vision for nursing and midwifery.

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Who is GAPFON?

The core panel members, independent of the organizations they serve, are some of the world’s most prominent nursing and midwifery leaders.

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The purpose of GAPFON is to establish a voice and vision for the future of nursing and midwifery that will advance global health while simultaneously strengthening professional roles.

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The Great GAPFON Challenge for Sigma Chapters

The Great GAPFON Challenge is designed to recognize the creativity and contributions made by chapters that have developed and launched programs, projects, or activities that address the GAPFON strategies. Chapters are invited to submit nominations with the details of their completed program, project, or activity that meet this criterion. Nomination deadline is 31 May 2019.

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GAPFON Implementation

With the initial work of GAPFON complete, attention now turns to collaboration between and among those organizations that have an interest in, and mission specific to, strategies within the areas of Leadership, Policy (including Regulation), Practice, Workforce, Education, and Research as they relate to global health and professional issues. (To learn more about these strategies, please see the GAPFON Summary Report linked above.)

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For more information, please contact gapfon@sigmanursing.org